I have a 2000 Chevy malibu with the 3.1 L V6 and a week ago my power steering stopped working, its like the car is turned off. I knowit is not a burst line because the fluid was full when i checked it

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Asked by Feb 25, 2010 at 03:18 PM about the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2000 Chevy malibu with the 3.1 L V6 and a week ago my power steering stopped working, its like the car is turned off. I knowit is not a burst line because the fluid was full when i checked it. I need to know whats wrong and what it is going to cost to fix.

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Depends... How many miles? Is there a wining nosie coming from the pump? What colors the oil in the pump?

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I have a 2000 Impala, with the same problem. I am a mechanic. When i checked mine out, I found my power steering rack was bent. That may be your problem. My problem is only intermittent. I only lose my power steering when im cruising at parking lot speeds or slowing down to take a turn. It'll probably cost around $300 for a new one from a chevy dealer's parts counter. If you go to your local junk yard, head into the office, and tell them you're looking for a part. A good, non-shady yard will usually keep invoices on every car in the lot, and what they've sold off the cars. Just tell them what you need, give them the vin and other model info, and they'll look it up. If the car is in the yard, they'll usually find it. You may have to go to a couple of junk yards before you find it. You should be able to get a good used one or around $100 depending on the junk yard. If you have the tools and know-how, you should be able to swap it yourself. If not, take it to any of your local auto garages (non-dealership) and have them do it. They'll only charge for labor since you already have the part. Hope this was useful to you.

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you need a pump Buddy. jut replaced mine in my 01 grand am. Did same thing

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they do have an electronic assist too. had a customer in the other day that had a similar problem, turned out the sensor in the rack was gone and it needed replaced. mine was just a pump. But the other was the rack problem. does it get easier with the rpm increased? if so it may be the rack

The most common problem is the pump shaft breaking inside the pump-remanufactured pumps most likely

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